Man assaulted and called ‘k’ word

2015-09-17 06:00
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Mthokozisi Cele shows his hand that was cut during the assault.

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A RAMSGATE man said he was assaulted and called the “k” word by a holiday-flat lodger last weekend.

Mthokozisi Cele was visiting family in Ramsgate and decided to walk to Margate town on Saturday afternoon.

On his way back to his family’s house he was attacked by a man who lives in Ocean Echo flats on Marine Drive.

“I was walking back to the house when all of a sudden I heard a voice coming from Ocean Echo flats saying: ‘Hey you move from here.’

“The man kept on screaming, but at the time I never realised he was talking to me from across the street.”

Cele said he carried on walking, but then saw the man running towards him carrying a knife, a stick and a firearm.

“The man came straight to me and held a knife to my neck.

“I turned and grabbed the knife from him and cut my hand in doing so. He then started swearing and fighting me. I fought back and he landed on the ground,” said Cele.

Fortunately, a police van was passing and Cele managed to stop the van and explained what had happend, handing over the knife and stick the man had assaulted him with.

The police told him that if he wants to open a case he must go to the police station the next day, which he did.

He said the man who assaulted him was taken inside the flats by his wife, followed by the police, but he doesn’t know if he was arrested.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said the victim reported the case and a docket was opened for assault with the intention to do grievous­ bodily harm.

Mfeka said an investigation is under way.

Human rights activist Selvan­ Chetty said it is a concern that the number of racially motivated incidents such as these on the South Coast is growing.

“While we are pleased that the SAPS stopped the assailant and prevented further injury to the victim, we must question why the perpetrator was not relieved of his firearm and immediately charged for the offences­ committed,” said Chetty.

He said the rights of the victim­ were violated because the perpetrator walked free.

He said a human rights centre­ is going to open in Port Shepstone soon and will develop­ a programme to combat­ and address racism and xenophobia

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